From the author of TIED UP IN TINSEL, PHOTO-FINISH and FALSE SCENT, a crime novel featuring Inspector Alleyn, who witnesses a birthday surprise that goes horribly wrong.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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‘The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers’
Times Literary Supplement
‘The theatre detail is engrossing.’
‘A far more ambitious novel than anything Marsh had attempted before.’
American Journal of Popular Culture
‘Her work is as nearly flawless as makes no odds. Character, plot, wit, good writing, and sound technique.’
‘The finest writer in the English languange of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.’
THE ALLEYN MYSTERIES
Caroline made her usual dramatic entrance. 'Darlings!' she exclaimed. 'What's all this? Too exciting – and all for me!'
She picked up the scissors. Dimly-lit faces peered at the beautiful woman who stood with one arm raised, while a small fat man bent over the table. Suddenly Alleyn felt intolerably fearful – but at that moment Caroline cut the cord. Something enormous flashed down among them from the hidden heights and Allen's growing sense of horror became reality…
"Her work is nearly flawless as makes no odds, character, plot, wit, good writing and sound technique."
"The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngalio Marsh stand out as an empress."